Battle of the food subscription boxes – Round 1

Curated subscription boxes are hot right now, and for good reason.  The carefully-chosen products within these monthly boxes offer a way to try new things without breaking the bank.  This month, I tried three subscription boxes:

  1.     HelloFresh – This weekly meal delivery service offers a Classic or Veggie food box for 2 or 4 people.  Inside the box, you’ll receive instructions for three dinner meals and step-by-step instructions to help you prep and cook each meal.  I cooked the Pan Seared Steak with Cipollini Onions, Roasted New Potatoes and Tomato Pan Sauce.  All ingredients were included, with the exception of salt and pepper, and the instructions were clear and detailed. The end result was a restaurant-quality meal that I made at home, in my own kitchen.  Use referral code

    FTUR2U and you can get $40 off your first meal!

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  2. Graze Box – A weekly snack box offering single-serving packs of sweet and savory snacks based on preferences you select when you create your account.  My initial box included pizza margherita snack mix, mocha walnut cake snack mix, Vitamin C Crush snack mix (pineapple, mango and coconut) and cocoa and vanilla protein flapjacks (snack bars).  The snacks are the perfect size to throw in a purse or bag and munch on throughout the day, and the constantly-changing variety of snacks means there’s plenty to choose from to tide me over until mealtime.  Blog followers who use the code 5PGJ65WTP can receive their first and fifth box free.  IMG_1183 IMG_1184 (1)
  3. Cuisine Cube – A curated assortment of artisan food products from small producers.  My first box contained Italian specialties:  whole wheat pasta, vodka pasta sauce, a bag of Italian breadsticks, hard cured salami and Italian lemon cookies for dessert.  I received a free box to review for my blog, and the products inside were good, but didn’t really blow me away.  The salami and lemon cookies were standouts, but the pasta and sauce weren’t anything to write home about.  The company offers Artisan, Vegan and Gluten-Free cube options.  I tried the Artisan box.  If you try that or one of the other boxes, let me know what you thought!  IMG_1297 IMG_1298 IMG_1299 IMG_1363

The winner:  HelloFresh!  The farm-fresh ingredients, step-by-step directions and delicious meals make HelloFresh the tastiest option and the best value.  Use the referral code above to get $40 off your first box!

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